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Running great Kip Keino given more time to reply to corruption claims

The 1968 Olympic gold medallist is one of seven officials under investigation over money set aside for the team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Kenya’s Kipchoge ‘Kip’ Keino (Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP)
Kenya’s Kipchoge ‘Kip’ Keino (Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP)

Running great Kip Keino has been given more time to report to police in Kenya after being one of seven former Olympic and government officials accused of corruption.

The allegations relate to the alleged misappropriation of more than 545,000 US dollars.

The seven were ordered to report to police and appear in court on Monday but Keino was one of four who did not.

A judge extended their deadline until 6am on Thursday and ordered they then appear in court Friday to enter pleas.

The judge said if they did not hand themselves in on Thursday warrants for their arrest would be issued.

A general view of the flag of Kenya (Danny Lawson/PA)

Former Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario is one of the suspects and also did not appear on Monday.

The case relates to money set aside to fund Kenya’s team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics but was allegedly embezzled and misused by Keino and the others.

Keino was the head of the Kenyan Olympic committee at the time.

The three who did appear in court were former Olympic committee secretary general Francis Kanyili, Rio team manager Stephen Arap Soi and former sports ministry official Richard Ekai.

Keino’s gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City started decades of dominance in middle distance running for the Kenyans.



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